Seven games left to settle Barry future

Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry’s future at the club could be decided in just a matter of hours. Villa have just 10 and a half hours - seven games - left until the end of season, with Barry's future as a Villan potentially resting on whether or not Martin O'Neill's side can wrestle fourth place in the Premier League back off Arsenal and seal Champions League qualification for the first time. “My aim is to finish in the top four and play in the Champions League,” he said. However, a poor run of form has seen the Birmingham-based outfit slip to fifth in the table, with Sunday’s agonising defeat to Manchester United leaving them six points adrift of the Gunners. And Villa boss O'Neill is well aware that the England midfielder’s future at the club could depend upon where they finish. “If we qualify for the Champions League there’s a decent chance Gareth will stay," he said. "While six points is a big gap on Arsenal, we are not finished yet." Barry was on the verge of sealing a big money move to Liverpool last summer, only for the two clubs to fail to agree a fee.

While Arsenal were also strongly linked with a move for the player, who made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football having spent more than 10 years with Villa, making in excess of 300 league appearances.

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